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The Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0745617381
ISBN-10: 0745617387
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'The Philosophy of Religion is a first-rate book. Brief extracts from literature are used to good effect.' Times Educational Supplement


'There is much to commend in the book. It is clearly written, well ordered, and straightforward. A lively book.' The Expository Times

'This is without any doubt the best available introductory text to the philosophy of religion. It discusses many of the standard problems in the philosophy of religion, but it also moves beyond them to challenge new ways of looking at the discipline, not least in terms of gender and secular formation. Fascinating possibilities are opened up by means of this closer scrutiny of gender, and are connected with such themes as a new understanding of evil and suffering, a different account of life and/after death, and the pressing issues of ecology.' Professor Grace M. Jantzen, Centre for Religion, Culture and Gender, University of Manchester

'This book shows why the philosophy of religion has been for forty years the most interesting branch of theology. It starts with the standard syllabus - religion, the existence of and nature of God, evil - and then goes on to show how new ideas have disrupted the old syllabus, ending with Iris Murdoch and Dennis Potter. Just the thing for getting beginners involved with the subject.' Don Cupitt, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

'The Clack siblings have produced an innovative introduction to the philosophy of religion which combines clear exposition and comment with the stimulus of specific exam-type questions for revision and other purposes.' Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland, University of Edinburgh

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This exciting textbook combines a clear introduction to the themes traditionally covered in the philosophy of religion with contemporary developments in the discipline. The combination of traditional and alternative approaches makes it the most. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (March 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745617387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745617381
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,858,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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i know that brian did not expect me to read the text when it was given to me, but a nine hour flight doesn't offer a great deal to do. This is a compelling introductory piece that offers insights to questions that many of us fear to consider ourselves. It does so by offering ideas on God and religion, how they are related and what each means to you. It should be a required text for those at the introductory level and will bring about thoughts on the subject that otherwise would have never surfaced. It is masterfully written and stuctured in a manner so even the most elementary theologian/philosopher can read through it with great intrigue.
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Dr. Brian R. Clack has a welcome gift for anyone interested in the philosophy of religion. This book began my study of religion when I was only 15. Today, I keep THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION at hand whenever I need to rejuvinate my passion for this fascinating field of study.
Dr. Clack is particularly skilled at explaining several important key "proofs" for the existence of God. Although his discussion tends to favor the musings of Wittgenstein, his approach to other philosophies is rather comprehensive for a book of this size.
I've read a great deal of other texts since my first read of Clack's book, and I can say that there is no other superior introduction (or revision) to the philosophy of religion than this one. You'll keep it forever and will now have some profound things to say at your next cocktail party.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best introductions to the philosophy to religion. The book forces the reader to think critically about the principle ideas concerning theology. An excellent buy!
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Written in a clear and engaging style
Trows a few questions after each section to think about and digest the material better
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The best, most complete and most well written book on the philosophy of religion I have read is "Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion" by Michael Peterson (Author), William Hasker (Author), Bruce Reichenbach (Author), David Basinger (Author).
I'd get this book first and then get others later if you want to read more on this topic.
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